Tom Hart Dyke hosts 14 nurseries at Lullingstone

Lullingstone's annual plant fair on 15 May, now in its eighth year, will be hosting specialist nurseries and growers from across the South East.

Graham Blunt from Plantbase, with his Australasian woody plants, and William Dyson from Great Comp Gardens with his collection of salvias return to exhibit.

Creator of the World Garden at Lullingstone Castle Tom Hart Dyke said:

"It's a privilege to be running another specialist plant fair. We will host a gardeners' question time with Jean Griffin of Radio Kent and Jim Buttress of RHS fame, as well as myself, and visitors can ask anything from the mundane to the ridiculous! I love challenging questions, particularly on orchids."

There will be a full programme of events throughout the day including:

• At 1pm Rodger Elliot, co-author of The Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants Suitable for Cultivation, who will be speaking about 'The Diversity and Beauty of Australian Plants: from elegant annuals to the world's tallest flowering trees'.

• At 2pm ‘Gardener’s Forum’: our panel of experts includes Jean Griffin, BBC Radio Kent’s Sunday Gardening, Jim Buttress, holder of the Victorian Medal of Honour awarded by the RHS and Lullingstone’s own Tom Hart Dyke, creator of the World Garden. Bring samples of your problem plants for diagnosis by our experts.

• At 3pm, Guided tour of the World Garden with Tom Hart Dyke

Admission £7 adults, £6.50 Senior Citizens, £4 Child and £18 Family Ticket

Exhibitors: P&K Davis Wierton Hall Farm & Nursery, Blueleaf Plants, Perennial, Wallace Plants, Rapkyns Nursery, Iris of Sissinghurst, Aylesford Nursery, Swines Meadow Farm Nursery, Rotherview Nursery, Plantbase, North West Kent Bonsai Society, Dysons Nurseries, Pots of Passion, and Little Omenden Farm Nursery.

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